Tropical Star, a dual group winner at Nad Al Sheba, where the 7-year-old made all 17 of his career starts, was euthanized Feb. 24, one month after winning the Al Shindagha Sprint (UAE-III), the Dubai Racing Club and Emirates Racing Authority announced.
The son of Machiavellian was also second to Saratoga County in the 2005 Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I).
Tropical Star was euthanized after suffering paralysis in his back end following a paddock accident on Feb. 23. According to reports, Tropical Star leaped in the air and hit his head on the ground, knocking himself out. Though he regained consciousness and was treated at the nearby equine hospital, the decision was made to euthanize him due to his injuries.
His last race came in the Al Shindagha Sprint on Jan. 25, which he won in the hands of Royston Ffrench, who rode the sprinter on his last eight starts. He showed the kind of grit local fans had come to appreciate by coming from far out of it to triumph.
“Tropical Star was a regular of UAE racing over the seasons, and his scintillating efforts put him on the biggest stage of all – the Dubai World Cup meeting, at which he covered himself with real credit," said Frank Gabriel Jr., CEO of the Dubai Racing Club. “We would like to offer our support to Ali Rashid Al Raihe and his team at Grandstand Stables, and everyone else connected to the horse, past and present, at what must be a very sad time.”
Jockey Ffrench added, “It’s a great loss for everyone involved, for the owner Sheikh Mohammed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, the trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe, all the stable staff and for all his fans, of which there were thousands.
“He was a real stable star, and it’s left a massive hole. He was such a character and an absolute pleasure to ride, and every time I sat on him was a real highlight. I’m really going to miss the old boy.”